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“The Longest Home Run Ever” at the Liminal

A rare shot of the playwright performing his own work. Photo by Heather Yvonne Brush

A rare shot of the playwright performing his own work. Photo by Heather Yvonne Brush

I don’t usually perform my own work. For one thing, I don’t claim to be an actor. But mostly, I want to see how my work, well, works — and it’s hard to do that when you’re doing it.

However, this month’s theme at the monthly readings at the Liminal gallery in Roanoke was “Anything Goes,” so why not.

Heather Yvonne Brush took this photo of me performing THE LONGEST HOME RUN EVER, one of my many short pieces about baseball.

THE LONGEST HOME RUN EVER
Based on actual science, the explanation of the longest home run possible. Cast: One, non-gender. Running time: Five minutes.

More photos here.

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Video: “God and the Devil Settle a Contract Dispute”

I have a series of short pieces that I call my “God and the Devil” series. In each one, the Almighty and the Evil One interact in some humorous (I hope) way with the Supreme Being always giving Ol’ Scratch his comeuppance at the end.

In April, Mike Allen (who makes a very good devil) and T.J. Anderson performed “God and the Devil Settle a Contract Dispute” at a reading at the Liminal alternative artspace in Roanoke. The theme that evening was on humanity and divinity.

I also have:

* Video of “God and the Devil Debate the Issues” (with Mike Allen again appearing as Satan)
* Video of “God and the Devil Meet for a Business Lunch”

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Video: “Q Downsized” at the Liminal gallery

The Liminal Alternative Artspace in Roanoke, Va. hosts a monthly reading. It is geared toward writers of all sorts, though attracts a lot of poets and short storywriters. I’d never been to one of the Liminal readings, but the organizer, Cara Modisett, invited me to participate so I did.

The theme for the December 2011 reading was “downsizing.”

This shows my limited imagination: To me, spending my day in the business world, downsizing only meant one thing. Layoffs. A reduction in force. Job losses.

Conveniently, I had a piece that fit perfectly: “Q Downsized,” in which the letter Q is “let go” from the alphabet. Cara helped me find two students at Community High School to perform — Lilly Carr and Karl Kaiser.

To my amazement, everybody else at the reading that night had a very different take on “downsizing.” To them, downsizing meant . . . moving into smaller living spaces, downsizing lives, dreams, and so forth. There were some very powerful — and very sad — pieces read.

Then, at the end, came this piece, which was quite different indeed.

Fortunately, the audience howled with laughter.

The video for this is just now going up online, so that’s why it’s out of order. I had another reading in January at Liminal, “White Goes First” to match the Martin Luther King Jr. Day theme.

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